SEATTLE – The Seattle Seahawks survived a huge NFC challenge Sunday – barely.

Giants kicker Jay Feely missed three field goals, including two in overtime, and Seattle’s Josh Brown hit a 36-yarder as the conference-leading Seahawks outlasted New York 24-21.

Feely failed on the final play of regulation from 40 yards, then couldn’t hit from 54 and 45 yards in the extra session. Seattle used a 38-yard pass from Matt Hasselbeck to D.J. Hackett to get close for Brown.

Shaun Alexander rushed 31 times for 110 yards, 94 after halftime, and former Giant Joe Jurevicius had eight receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns – all before the frantic, seesaw finish.

“That was something, wasn’t it?” Seattle coach Mike Holmgren said, sighing.

Immediately after the game, Feely stood up before his teammates and said, “I’m sorry I let you down.”

“People are going to say it’s a team game,” Feely said. “But the fact of the matter is you have to come through when you have one opportunity – much less two good opportunities.”

Added New York coach Tom Coughlin: “It’s just an empty feeling when you lose like that.”

The Giants, led by quarterback Eli Manning’s career day, bitterly fell to 7-4 instead of being 8-3 for the first time since their 2000 Super Bowl season. Instead, they are tied with Dallas for first place in the NFC East and host the Cowboys next Sunday.

With its seventh straight win, Seattle is one more victory or a St. Louis loss away from clinching its second consecutive NFC West title.

Giants punter Jeff Feagles set the NFL record for consecutive games with his 283rd .

Feagles broke the record when he kicked a 39-yard punt with 7:35 left in the first quarter. Referee Larry Nemmers gave Feagles the ball, shook his hand and the two posed for a picture.

The record of 282 was previously held by defensive lineman Jim Marshall, who played from 1960-1969 with the Cleveland Browns and Minnesota Vikings.

Bears 13, Bucs 10

TAMPA, Fla. – There’s a good reason Lovie Smith’s Chicago Bears are drawing comparisons to the old Monsters of the Midway. The NFC North leaders play an awfully stingy brand of defense, too.

Alex Brown sacked Chris Simms to force a fumble that set up Chicago’s only touchdown and the Bears kept Tampa Bay out of the end zone until the fourth quarter in a 13-10 victory over the Buccaneers.

The Bears (8-3) still needed some help to ensure their first seven-game winning streak since 1986, prevailing after Matt Bryant missed a potential game-tying 29-yard field goal attempt for the Bucs (7-4) with 2:47 to go.

Rookie Kyle Orton threw for 134 yards and a TD and Robbie Gould kicked field goals of 25 and 36 yards for the Bears, who lost three of their first four games before putting together their longest winning streak since the season after Chicago won its only Super Bowl title.

Eagles 19, Packers 14

PHILADELPHIA – Terrell Owens was wrong: The Philadelphia Eagles might be better off with Mike McMahon at quarterback, not Brett Favre.

David Akers kicked four field goals and McMahon played an efficient, error-free game, leading Philadelphia to a 19-14 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The reigning conference champion Eagles (5-6) snapped a four-game losing streak with their first win since Oct. 23 against San Diego.

Samkon Gado ran for 111 yards and a TD for the Packers.


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